Del Curfman - Painter


Best known for his work with Apsaalooke’ (Crow Nation of Montana) imagery and cultural meaning, Del Curfman explores heritage, tradition, and humanity through painting. His work often incorporates techniques and styles of impressionism. With loose brushwork and semi-abstraction he captures the essence of nature. Obtaining his BFA in Studio Arts with a focus on painting at the Institute of American Indian Arts of Santa Fe, NM (IAIA) in May 2017 emerging artist and enrolled tribal member, Curfman looks to contribute to contemporary Native Artist history through his work in oil paints and community based projects.

Artist Statement

Art is in our humanity, which demonstrates our most fragile yet significant moments in life. As a child, I grew up in-between modernism and traditionalism, which often times left me confused, and eventually influenced me to know about the both aspects of Western life and indigenous heritage: I became eager to know and learn. Through art, I discover myself. As I study more about the history of my people, the Apsaalooké, and learn the language, the rights of passage, and the values of the Crow, I find my works transforming into a vessel that shares cultural experiences and diversity. My ancestors have been my role models and spiritual mentors. I intend to inspire and contribute to Native Community and connect to humanity through Native American contemporary art.

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